A critical book review is not simply a summary of the book. It should serve as a description, critical analysis, and an evaluation.

1. Assessment format: 1000words book review

2.( subject )Topic: related with subject and book – Development and Geopolitics in East Asia (subject)

3. Length: 1000 words

4.Due date:

5.Assessment description and instructions:

A critical book review is not simply a summary of the book. It should serve as a description, critical analysis, and an evaluation.

It should seek to analyse the strength and weaknesses of the book, detailing what the author has tried to do, the evidence advanced in support of the author’s arguments, and whether the author has succeeded or not.

The book review can also explore the normative implications of the argument.

In short, it is an exercise in critical reading, and you should try to address the following questions:

o What is the argument being made by the writer?

o Why is he/she making this argument? What’s the point or purpose of it?

o How is the argument set out and substantiated? What are the key steps? How do they fit together?

o What are the strengths and weaknesses of the argument? How convinced am I by it, and why?

o What are the implications of the argument? If the argument is convincing, what does it suggest about the study and practice of East Asian development? Do I agree with these implications?

6.Required resource : Alice H. Amsden (1989) Asia’s Next Giant: South Korea and Late Industrialisation (Oxford:

Oxford University Press)

7.Reference style: Harvard style

8.Assessment Criteria :

60-69

Marks in this range are indicative that the work is of a good to very good standard.

The review will demonstrate a consistency and fluency in critically evaluating the

book. It will demonstrate an ability to assess whether the author succeeds in doing

what they set out to do, to comment on the appropriate use of empirical data and/or

theoretical arguments, to relate the contents of the book to relevant broader issues

and questions, and to evaluate the contribution of the book to the field or discipline

of enquiry. The argument will be clear and well structured throughout. Reviews at

the top end of this range will show originality as well as ability to handle complex

empirical and theoretical material. Reviews at the bottom end of the range will be

highly competent and accurate in the discussion of received ideas.

70+

Marks in this range are indicative that the work is of an excellent to outstanding

standard and exhibits a comprehensive knowledge of the topic, a sustained high

level of critical analysis combined with a genuine originality of approach to reviewing.

The review will be tightly argued, meticulously organised, extremely well

documented, and demonstrate a high level of critical evaluation and thought.

Reviews in this range will relate a reading of the book to broader issues within the

field or discipline and generate new avenues or questions for research. The

arguments will be clearly and persuasively put. At the higher end, reviews will

approach publishable standard.

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http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/0195076036.001.0001/acprof-9780195076035

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